Shame Isaki Post Correspondent
I LOVE the Word of God because in it you find all the answers to life’s questions. I love Jesus Christ because he solved all our problems at the cross of Calvary. I hope we are all well.
This week, I am dealing with greatness, yes, greatness. Everyone wants to be great, to be a great footballer, teacher, doctor, musician, politician, preacher or whatever. That is why today in companies, churches, communities and nations there is unending strife because people want to outdo each other so that they can become the greatest one.
They want to be the main apostle or the chief executive officer, or archbishop and in politics they want to be the president so instead of focusing on being in one’s rightful place of function and function effectively in that place, people are spending precious time and resources to do all they can, legally and illegally to become the great one or put simply to land the highest office or recognition.
If every person would do what they are supposed to do and do it well in whatever position they are, then our organisations and nations will be great, but unfortunately people are busy chasing personal greatness and aggrandisement.
They forget exactly why they have got that job, or why are they in the ministry or why they were appointed to that office.
James and John were brothers and the disciples of Jesus Christ. They formed what was known as the inner circle because together with Peter they were Jesus’ most trusted disciples. As Jesus drew closer to his death by crucifixion, He foretold this to his disciples and suddenly there was jostling for positions.
The two brothers together with their mother agreed to a plan to start canvassing for positions and they approached Jesus Christ with a proposal and guess what?They wanted to rule with Jesus in the new life with James and John sitting on either side of Jesus Christ. They wanted greatness, they forgot all together why Jesus called them in the first place and Jesus Christ in His wisdom told them the best way to become great.
Once the other 10 disciples heard about James and John’s plan, there was a conflict and Jesus had to move fast to quell the disgruntlement.
In Matthew 10 v 42-45, the Bible says: “But Jesus called them to Him and said unto them, ‘You know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles (world leaders) exercise lordship over them and their great ones exercise authority upon them’; 43, “but so shall it not be among you, but whosoever will be great among you shall be you minister and; 44, “whosoever of you will be the chiefets shall be servant of all”; 45, “for even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many”. Here we go.
True greatness is achieved when we work tirelessly to make a difference in people’s lives regardless of our titles, professions, religion, education or political affiliation. When you truly serve the people, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to win their hearts and worse still employ unorthodox means to buy people’s support or recognition.
Serve God and the people. Besides, we don’t do good deeds to be appreciated by people though it is important to appreciate and acknowledge those who serve us well. Jesus also advised his feuding disciples to be humble before they can expect greatness and Jesus Christ was himself a good example of a powerful man who was God, but never trampled upon people or boast about his deity but rather the Bible says he humbled himself to the extent of being killed by the same people he wanted to serve.
He did not die in vain because the same Bible goes on to say that because of his humility Jesus was given a name that is high above every other name that at the mention of the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, on earth and under the waters.